Bloating is the feeling of a full, swollen belly area, usually due to gas in the intestines. Some women have bloating before or during their period (menstrual cycle).
See also: Abdominal bloating
Menstrual periods and bloating
If you have bloating associated with your menstrual cycle, exercise to sweat out excess fluids and eat more high-fiber foods to help prevent constipation .
See also: PMS
Irregular menstruation; Heavy, prolonged, or irregular periods; Menorrhagia; Polymenorrhea; Metrorrhagia and other menstrual conditions; Abnormal menstrual periods; Abnormal vaginal bleeding
Keep a record of your menstrual cycles and any other bleeding, including:
When menstruation begins and ends
How much flow you have (count numbers of pads and tampons used, noting whether they are soaked)
Bleeding between periods and after sex
Any other symptoms you experience
Tampons should be changed at least twice a day to avoid infection.
Because aspirin may prolong bleeding, it should be avoided. Ibuprofen is usually more effective than aspirin for relieving menstrual cramps . It also may reduce the amount of blood you lose during a period.
If you think you are or could be pregnant, talk to your doctor.
Call your health care provider if
Call your doctor if:
You have soaked through a pad or tampon ...
Alternative Names Staphylococcal toxic shock syndrome Symptoms Confusion Diarrhea General ill-feeling Headaches High fever, sometimes accompanied by chills Low blood pressure Muscle aches Nausea and vomiting Organ failure (usually kidneys and liver) Redness of eyes, mouth, throat Seizures Widespread red rash that looks like a sunburn -- skin peeling occurs 1 or 2 weeks after the rash, particularly on the palms of the hand or bottom of the feet Signs and tests No single test can diagnose toxic shock syndrome. The diagnosis is based on several criteria: fever, low blood pressure, a rash that peels after 1-2 weeks, and problems with the function of at least three organs. In some cases, blood cultures may be positive for growth of S. aureus .
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